Indonesian authorities prepare for potential escalation as Prabowo challenges Jokowi’s Presidential Election victory in court

Indonesian authorities continue to brace themselves for the possibility of another deadly riot as Joko Widodo’s political opponent Prabowo Subianto continues to challenge the former’s victory in the archipelagic nation’s Presidential Election, which was held in Apr this year.

Argo Yuwono, a spokesman for the Jakarta police force, told Bloomberg that around 50,000 police and military personnel were deployed across the capital on Fri (14 Jun) in anticipation of violent clashes such as the one that took place between pro-Prabowo factions and the police in central Jakarta not long after the poll’s official results were announced last month, which left eight people dead and more than 900 injured.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Justice and Security Affairs Wiranto was quoted by Bloomberg as saying: “The security apparatus is always vigilant in maintaining security, in view of what has happened and what’s been anticipated so that the public remains calm”.

He added that the authorities “welcome Prabowo’s appeal to his supporters to not flock to the court and respect the legal process”.

Reuters reported Prabowo’s chief lawyer Bambang Widjojanto as saying before the Constitutional Court yesterday: “We are filing a lawsuit against the General Election Commission (KPU), demanding that the KPU annul its decision on the result of the presidential election.”

Bambang and his team alleged that Widodo had won the election via “systematic electoral fraud and abuse of power”, and accused the President of having misused “campaign financing” and “state apparatus”.

The Jakarta Post reported Bambang as saying that Jokowi had “used his position as the president to use the state budget and government programs as an instrument for influencing voters in the 2019 presidential election”.

The lawyer had also called upon the court to “hold a fair trial to deliver justice to the people of Indonesia”.

Indonesia’s Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), however, had previously maintained that there has been no evidence of systematic cheating as suggested by Prabowo’s legal team. Independent observers echoed Bawaslu’s observation, suggesting that the past election was clean.

Legal representatives for the KPU and Widodo’s campaign team were also present at the hearing.

The court is expected to deliver a verdict on Prabowo’s legal challenge by the end of this month on the 28th.

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